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Risks to Asthma Posed by Indoor Health Care Environments: A Guide to Identifying and Reducing Problematic Exposures
Barry Leonard (ed)
At least 20 million Americans suffer from asthma. This report shows that hospitals abound with substances that can trigger or even cause asthma. These include cleaners such as disinfectants & sterilizers, fumes out-gassing from building materials, pesticides, & latex gloves. Nurses are at particular risk from the disinfectant gluteraldehyde & the sterilizing agent ethylene oxide. Safer alternatives to these substances are described here. Includes a Glossary of Asthma Terms. Appendices: (A) Protocols used in the three major summary evidence reports: the AOEC, CHE, & IOM; (B) Cleaning products (including some individual chemicals reported to the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risk as exposures for work-related asthma cases.
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